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'The Prime Minister may be right; the time for cynicism about the Dome is probably over. But the right to be supremely indifferent must be jealously guarded.' Richard Morrison. The Times, 27.2.98

'The disjunction between the hyperbole and the reality was as alarming as it was ridiculous . . . Tony Blair merely demeaned himself and his office.' Melanie Phillips on Blair's claims for the Millennium Experience. Observer, 1.3.98

' . . . totally, completely, dementedly kitsch'. Simon Hoggart on the Dome's contents. Guardian, 28.2.98

'I don't kid myself. The Dome is going to happen. We're going to have it shoved down our collective throats, while the government continues to starve museums of the means to keep their doors open . . . Let those of us who care for the future of the arts in Britain agree to boycott the Dome. If you have £30 to blow, give it to the National Art Collections Fund.' Richard Dorment. Daily Telegraph, 25.2.98

'The new Serpentine Gallery is a leader in a so far unrecognised contemporary architectural movement, invisibilism, whose main doctrine is that you should spend as much money as possible to as little visible effect. Its proponents are not architects but planners and heritage experts, who decree that because an average-looking teahouse was designed in a particular way by a junior in the Office of Works in 1934, it must look the same forever.' Rowan Moore. Evening Standard, 24.2.98.

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